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The Top 6 Things We Could Be Doing To Kick-Start This Country

  • Here are the six steps we need to do pronto to get this country back on track. 
  • Robert Reich's 'Inequality' movie: As influential as Al Gore's blockbuster?

Brandon Weber, Upworthy

 

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October 1, 2013 | The film "Inequality for All" by economist Robert Reich pretty clearly lays out how we got here and where we need to go to fix things in our country. If you're wondering what needs to happen for jobs and our economic future, it's a must-see.

Here are the six steps we need to do pronto to get this country back on track.

Robert Reich's 'Inequality' movie: As influential as Al Gore's blockbuster? 

Brandon Weber  is  a labor union addict, educator, change catalyst, and a dreamer.

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Robert Reich's 'Inequality' movie: As influential as Al Gore's blockbuster? Rustin Thompson, Crosscut.com

  • The only comfort to be taken from this film is one of shared misery. Ninety-nine percent of us are struggling to keep our heads above water. Some of us are sitting in the lifeboat, bailing against the leaks. Some are clinging to the side. Others have lost their grip and are sinking fast. Meanwhile, all the life jackets are under lock and key on the luxury liner, sailing away into the sunset.
  • The former Labor Secretary tells a compelling story but offers few solutions.
  • Full show: Inequality for All
  • How the cult of shareholder value wrecked American business

 

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How Austerity Wrecked the American Economy

  • Republicans are fighting to cut spending, while America is trying to recover from the worst recession since WWII. Ted Cruz and the tea party are trying to shut down Washington and are instead losing sight of what‘s really wrong with the economy. And they are still working toward crippling the economy.
  • It's the Austerity, Stupid
  • Paul Krugman’s right: Austerity kills

Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

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Mon Sep. 23 | With Washington DC's attention focused on the antics of Ted Cruz and the tea partiers, who are threatening to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded, it's easy to lose sight of the bigger picture: Aside from Obamacare, the budget battles of the past three years have been exclusively about the Republican obsession with cutting spending while we're trying to recover from the worst recession since World War II.

This is lunacy, and it's the subject of "Death by a Thousand Cuts," my cover story in the current issue of Mother Jones. The piece is framed around the famous Excel error in the paper by Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff, but my point isn't really to blame them for what happened. Their paper, predicting doom if U.S. debt levels went above 90 percent of GDP, provided important intellectual cover to the austerity zealots who wanted to use the recession as an excuse to hack away at spending on social welfare programs, but the truth is that the zealots would have done it anyway. R&R just made their job easier.

Kevin Drum is a political blogger for Mother Jones.

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It's the Austerity, StupidKevin DrumMother Jones

  • September/October 2013 Issue | Once again, the Beltway fell for cherry-picked data—and you paid the price.
  • How We Were Sold an Economy-Killing Lie

Paul Krugman’s right: Austerity kills, David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu, Salon 

  • Austerity kills -- radical cuts destroy economies and lives, and the honest numbers and economics keep proving it.
  • Excerpted from "The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills"
  • How America Became a Third World Country (2013-2023)
  • The Real Cost of Austerity

 

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RIP, the middle class: 1946-2013

  • The 1 percent hollowed out the middle class and our industrial base. And Washington just let it happen.
  • If 80% of us are in or near poverty then there is no middle class
  • The economy isn’t coming back

Edward McClelland, Salon

 

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Friday, Sep 20, 2013 | I know I’m dating myself by writing this, but I remember the middle class.

 

I grew up in an automaking town in the 1970s, when it was still possible for a high school graduate — or even a high school dropout — to get a job on an assembly line and earn more money than a high school teacher.

 

In our neighbors’ driveways, in their living rooms, in their backyards, I saw the evidence of prosperity distributed equally among the social classes: speedboats, Corvette Stingrays, waterbeds, snowmobiles, motorcycles, hunting rifles, RVs, CB radios. I’ve always believed that the ’70s are remembered as the Decade That Taste Forgot because they were a time when people without culture or education had the money to not only indulge their passions, but flaunt them in front of the entire nation. It was an era, to use the title of a 1975 sociological study of a Wisconsin tavern, of blue-collar aristocrats.

 

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If 80% of us are in or near poverty then there is no middle class, MinistryOfTruth, Daily Koss

The economy isn’t coming back, Eric Krasnauskas, Transition Voice

  • On the contrary, it’s a patched-together mess on its way to the crapper. 
  • We Wait in Vain
  • Quantitative Easing Explained. 

 

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11 Questions You Should Ask Libertarians to See if They're Hypocrites

  • We aren’t suggesting every libertarian is a hypocrite, but there’s an easy way to find out.
  • The True History of Libertarianism in America

RJ Eskow, AlterNet

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Libertarians have a problem. Their political philosophy all but died out in the mid- to late-20th century, but was revived by billionaires and corporations that found them politically useful. And yet libertarianism retains the qualities that led to its disappearance from the public stage, before its reanimation by people like the Koch brothers: It doesn’t make any sense.They call themselves “realists” but rely on fanciful theories that have never predicted real-world behavior. They claim that selfishness makes things better for everybody, when history shows exactly the opposite is true. They claim that a mythical “free market” is better at everything than the government is, yet when they really need government protection, they’re the first to clamor for it.

That’s no reason not to work with them on areas where they’re in agreement with people like me. In fact, the unconventionality of their thought has led libertarians to be among this nation’s most forthright and outspoken advocates for civil liberties and against military interventions.

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RJ Eskow is a writer, business person, and songwriter/musician. He has worked as a consultant in public policy, technology, and finance, specializing in healthcare issues.

 

 

 

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The True History of Libertarianism in America, Mark Ames, NSFWCORP / AlterNet

  • Before Milton Friedman was earning plaudits as an economic genius, he was a shill for the real estate industry and an early pioneer for big business propaganda known as libertarianism.
  • A Phony Ideology to Promote a Corporate Agenda
  • The Myopic Selfishness of Libertarians
  • The 1 percent played Tea Party for suckers

 

 

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